Date/Place of Birth:
April 24, 1946 at Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Residency in Alaska:
Alaska: 1969 - 1988
Wasilla: 1988 - present
Building maintenance and construction contractor.
Children: Matt, April, Zach and five grandchildren.
Central High School, Superior, Wisconsin, Graduated in 1964.
University of Wisconsin, Superior - B.S. Degree (Broad Field Science Major and minors in Math and Physics) with Alaska secondary teacher certification in 1986
USAF Pilot training, Del Rio, Texas in 1971.
Alaska Air National Guard, C-123J pilot after USAF Pilot training at Del Rio, Texas 1971-75.
Other Political and Government Positions:
Citizens Advisory Commisson on Federal Areas: October 2007 - present
Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education: December 2007 - present
Chief of Staff for Alaska Senator Fred Dyson: January 1999 - July 2007
Staff Chair, National Conference of State Legislatures Standing Education Committee: August 2006 - July 2007
Co-Chair, Legislative Education Staff Network Executive Committee: August 2006 - July 2007
Business and Professional Positions:
1992 - 1999: Licensed and bonded residential building contractor. A sole proprietor family business building custom homes, as well as performing remodeling and maintenance contracts.
1991 - 1992: Oilfield hand for Schlumberger Oilfield Services performing well-head maintenance and heavy equipment operation.
1987 - 1990: Training Center administrator for the Alaska Teamsters Training Center at Ship Creek. In prior years performed numerous maintenance and building contracts around rural Alaska.
Hunting, fishing, flying, boating, hobby auto body and carpentry.